The School of Communication and Creative Arts (SCCA) conducts research in the broad areas of media and communication, literature and cultural studies, and the creative, digital and performing arts.

Leader in research

The School of Communication and Creative Arts (SCCA) is a leader in scholarly, outward-facing, socially-engaged and impactful research across performing and visual arts; screen, animation and digital technologies; writing and literature; communications and media; and gender, sexuality and cultural studies. In 2018, SCCA received the highest possible rankings in the Australian Research Council’s Engagement and Impact Assessment, the best result of any Australian university in FoR codes 19 (Studies in Creative Arts and Writing) and 20 (Language, Communication and Culture). We partner with multiple stakeholders from government, industry and the not for profit sector – please see our list of current and recent partners.

Our researchers produce high-quality research outcomes across a traditional and non-traditional research spectrum, and our staff include award-winning and internationally renowned artists, writers and performers, and leading scholars publishing with prestigious international presses.

SCCA is home to the industry-facing Deakin Motion Lab (DML), specialising in cross-discipline motion studies, with particular expertise in AR and VR technologies. DML’s commercial entity, FIKA, situated in Queensland’s Gold Coast, is an active hub of film, television and multimedia production.

Our disciplines and networks

Research in SCCA is organised across our four discipline groups.

Art and design


Film, animation and performing arts

Writing, literature and culture

We also have a series of active research networks and clusters, including collaborations across the faculty, the wider university and beyond:

Asian Media and Cultural Studies Network

Gender and Sexuality Studies Network

Religion, Society and Culture Network

Climate Change Communication and Narrative Network

Literature and its Readers

SCCA research partners

Australian Research Council

Copyright Agency

Australia Council for the Arts

Creative Victoria

Mistra Formas Seedbox Environmental Humanities Collaboratory (Sweden)

Telematics Trust

Victorian Government

Mildura Rural City Council

City of Melbourne

City of Monash

Wyndham City Council

City of Kingston

City of Greater Geelong

City of Greater Bendigo

Darebin Council

Whitehorse Council

Wagga Wagga City Council

Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Co.As.It (Italian Assistance Association)

Dementia Australia (Alzheimer's Australia) Vic Inc

National Wool Museum

Melbourne Water

Reconciliation Victoria

Edward Wilson Estate

Romance Writers of American

The Walkley Foundation Limited

Taiwan Foundation for Democracy

Melbourne Girls Grammar

Geelong Advertiser

Australian Unity

Unwritten Endings Pty Ltd

Captivate Endings Pty Ltd

Cadre Pictures Pty Ltd

Ozpix Entertainment

LateNite Films Pty Ltd

Lightweave Pty Ltd

Kane Constructions Pty Ltd

Hydac Industries Pty Ltd

Contact us

SCCA research enquiries

Associate Professor Emily Potter
Associate Head of School (Research)
+61 3 9244 6842
Email A/Prof Potter

For all queries about undertaking higher degrees by research at the SCCA, please contact the HDR coordinator Dr Toija Cinque.

Dr Toija Cinque
+61 3 925 17470